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hop_head76 12-28-2011 07:11 PM

Mystery Batch of Beer
I was at the LHBS picking up the ingredients for brew day tomorrow and the guy asked if I would like some grains for free that were cracked for a customer which were combined when the customer wanted them kept seperate. Of course I said yes, who is going to turn down a free batch of beer! So after that long story here is my questions. What to do with this mixture?

10 Lbs - American 2-row
1 Lb - Crystal 60
1 Lb - Chocolate
1 Lb - Black Patent

I was all good until the 1 Pound of Black Patent. I can not mash anymore grains in my current set up, 13 lbs is maxed out. I will not be brewing this batch for a few weeks. So please throw some ideas at me. I am concerned about the roastiness not sure if sweetening it up a bit with maltodextrin, driving the hoppiness up to 60-70 IBUs or a combination of these/something else would help. If anyone has brewed with this much Black Patent before and can speak from experience on how this may or will turn out I would be glad to hear it?

HokieBrewer 12-28-2011 07:19 PM

You could add some dme to the kettle to reduce the overall % of black patent in the brew...

Azurecybe 12-28-2011 10:02 PM

That's no mystery batch. It's a stout. Hop it up with some Fuggles or EKG and enjoy the roasty goodness.

Calder 12-29-2011 01:06 AM

That would be too much Black for me too.

An option: split it into 2, add some other grains and make 2 beers. Different hops and different yeasts.

RM-MN 12-29-2011 01:17 AM

Are you game for more than one batch? I think that will be pretty strongly flavored with that much black so I might go get some more of everything else and mix the two batches of grain and make two batches from it. It will still be plenty strong with only half as much black patent.

danorocks17 12-29-2011 01:32 AM

i agree that it seems like too much black malt. I'd try to split that grain up and add some base grains and make two different beers. Could be a cool experiment to see how different hops/yeast in two somewhat identical batches.

chezzesteak 12-29-2011 01:38 AM

It was free! Roll with it. :)

hop_head76 12-31-2011 03:25 AM

I like the idea of splitting the grains and adding about 5 lbs of 2 row to each. I also like the idea of fuggles and EKG hops. Any suggestions for the other batch as far as hops? I'm used to writing pale ale and ipa recipes but not sure how that translates over to stouts. Also which yeasts would you suggest? I have a decent selections of washed yeasts ready to be turned into starters (Wlp001, wlp002, wlp007, wlp051, wy1272) but I'm open to others as well. Thanks to all so far for your suggestions and help!

EllisTX 12-31-2011 03:32 AM

I brewed a Buried Hatchet Stout clone that had 1.5 lbs of black malt in it. It was great. I'll be brewing it again for sure. My recipe only had about 50 ibu of bittering at 60 min. Bit different grain bill though.

wncbrewer 12-31-2011 03:44 AM

If the grain is already mixed, it will be hard to split the roasted grain evenly. Still....do something with it. I like the parti-gyle idea

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